Indian sports News- August 26th

August 26, 2019

Badminton, Cricket, Archery, Lawn Tennis, SportsBWF World Championships

Bytes: Sindhu wins Historic Gold, Para World Badminton Championships, Ben stokes wins it for England, Bumrah 5 wicket haul, Komalika wins Gold-Archery, KSL, US Open, All India Junior Ranking Tournament

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BWF World Championships- PV Sindhu became the first Indian badminton player to be crowned world champion when she outclassed former champion Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes to clinch the women’s singles title at the 2019 BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday. The 24-year-old, who had been on the wrong end of the result in two consecutive finals before this, was head and shoulders above Okuhara at St Jakobshalle arena as she equalled Chinese star Zhang Ning’s record of five world championship women’s singles medals, and one of each colour. Both have now won one gold, two silver and two bronze but the Indian has managed to achieve this tally in just six appearances in the prestigious tournament. She not only brought her ‘A-game’ but played like an athlete in the zone of invincibility as she outclassed and overpowered the fleet-footed Okuhara.

After thanking her coaches Kim Ji Hyun and Pullela Gopichand, Sindhu later dedicated the title triumph to her mother Vijaya, who was celebrating her birthday on Sunday.

BWF Para Badminton World Championships- World No 1 Pramod Bhagat bagged a doubles crown while Manasi Joshi clinched the SL3 women’s singles title as India took their gold medals tally to three in the BWF Para Badminton World Championship which is being held simultaneously with the regular event in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday. Bhagat, who had earlier bagged the men’s doubles SL3-4 gold in an all Indian final, put behind a disappointing opening game to beat second seed Daniel Bethell of England 6-21, 21-14, 21-5 in the men’s singles SL3 contest that lasted 51 minutes.

Two-time champion Tarun Dhillon would be another Indian in the final of the men’s singles SL4 category in which he will take on top seed Lucas Mazur of France.

All India Junior Ranking Tournament- Tanisha Crasto continued her dominant run, notching up a second successive double crown in as many weeks at the Yonex-Sunrise All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament in Bangalore on Monday. Tanisha and Aditi Bhatt, second seeded, defeated the top seeds Trisha Jolly and Varshini VS 21-15, 21-23, 21-17 in a thrilling match that lasted 57 minutes. The top seeds mounted a comeback in the second game but Tanisha and Aditi exhibited great skill and patience to wrap up the third game and win the girls’ doubles title.

World Youth Championship- Jharkhand’s Komalika Bari won gold medal in women’s cadet recurve category in the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid after a 7-3 victory over Japan’s Waka Sonoda in the final. The Indian, who had overcome Korean opposition in a shoot-off in the semi-final to reach the gold-medal match after trailing 1-5 in the encounter, had no problems in the final. Bari won the first two sets to race to a 4-0 lead in the encounter. This is the last tournament for the Indian archers to play under the national flag as the World Archery’s suspension of the country will come into effect after this event.

Third Ashes- Ben Stokes scored a scarcely believable unbeaten 135 to help England pull off a stunning run-chase in Leeds in the third Test against Australia at Headingley on Sunday. Stokes’ unbroken 76-run partnership with Jack Leach for the 10th wicket helped England chase down 359 in the fourth innings and level the series 1-1. The England all-rounder scored 75 of those runs. Stokes’ unbroken 76-run partnership with Jack Leach for the 10th wicket helped England chase down 359 in the fourth innings and level the series 1-1. The England all-rounder scored 75 of those runs. Australia, who would have retained the Ashes had they won, missed a clear chance to run Leach out when Nathan Lyon failed to gather a throw and then paid dearly for squandering a review. All-rounder Stokes eventually flayed fast bowler Pat Cummins for four to seal a famous victory arguably even more improbable than England’s celebrated 1981 AshesTest success at Headingley when they won after following-on.

INDIA vs WI- Jasprit Bumrah took his fourth five-wicket haul in just his 11 Test as West Indies were shot out for just 100 on Sunday and helped India register a comprehensive 318-run win at Antigua in two-match series. Chasing 419, the hosts fell like a pack of cards soon after opener Kraigg Brathwaite nicked a Bumrah outswinger to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. The stumps took quite a beating post that as the Indian pacers, led by the outstanding Bumrah, ran through the West Indian batting order. As many as four batsmen had their stumps go for a stroll as Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to have five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies. All this in just 11 Tests and during his first tour to the aforementioned countries. Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma joined the party but they largely remained supporting actors in the Bumrah show.

KSL- India’s Jemimah Rodrigues scored the fastest century in the Women’s Super League (England’s T20 tournament) to take Yorkshire Diamonds to a thrilling last-ball win on Sunday. The 18-year-old smashed an unbeaten 112 off 58 balls in a chase of 185 to help her team beat Southern Vipers by four wickets. She reached the three-figure mark in 51 balls, breaking Lizelle Lee’s record for the fastest ton (55 balls). Rodrigues’s knock had seventeen fours and one six and is the highest score by an Indian woman in any overseas T20 league, surpassing Smriti Mandhana who had scored a century in last year’s Super League.

Pakistan Coach- Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has applied for the bowling coach role with the national team as he was not mentally prepared to take charge as head coach for the third time. Waqar, 47, who has twice worked as head coach of the Pakistan team in 2010 and in 2014-2016, applied for the bowling coach position with the PCBs application deadline ending on Sunday.

US Open- Canada’s Milos Raonic has pulled out of the US Open with a glute injury, tournament organisers announced Sunday. The former Wimbledon finalist endured an injury-hit season and has not played since retiring during the second round of the Montreal Masters this month.

Serena Williams faces Maria Sharapova in a blockbuster first-round match on Monday at the US Open, the feature showdown on the first day of the year’s final Grand Slam. Eighth-ranked Williams, who lost to Naomi Osaka in last year’s US Open final and Simona Halep in last month’s Wimbledon final, is seeking her 24th career Grand Slam singles title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record.

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